Barbara Riddell (MBACP), Therapeutic Counsellor

Barbara Riddell (MBACP), Therapeutic Counsellor

Surrey Centre For Natural Health
9a Mansfield Road


07906 576167

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Surrey Centre For Natural Health
9a Mansfield Road


07906 576167

About me

Are you feeling anxious?  Depressed?  Having problems with your relationship? Getting wound up about things?  I am an experienced counsellor and trained in Therapeutic Counselling and a registered member of the BACP.  I trained as an integrative counsellor, which means I can draw on different counselling models to suit each individual.

I know that thinking about having counselling is a big step. It can be daunting to think that you're going to reveal your innermost thoughts to a stranger. Some people think counsellors can 'read minds', but we can't.  I am an experienced counsellor and I will listen to you and try to understand your worries and fears, in a non-judgemental and caring way so that we can work together to make life better for you.

Counselling can help explain why we think and behave in the ways we do – often repeating patterns that don’t help us. A counsellor does not give advice, instead, they help you to untangle your problems so that you can change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. You can find out more by visiting the Counselling Directory’s Frequently Asked Questions:

I offer counselling sessions in Chessington & Surbiton:

Chessington: The Surrey Centre for Natural Health, 9a Mansfield Rd, Chessington KT9 2PJ.   Day, evening & weekend appointments are all available.

Surbiton: 96 Ditton Road, Surbiton, KT6 6RH.  Appointments only available on Tuesday mornings (8am to 10am) and Wednesday evenings (5pm to 7pm).

I am an experienced Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). Find out more here:

Training, qualifications & experience

Training, & qualifications

  • Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 NVQ in Health & Social Care (specialising in Substance Misuse)


  • I have counselled people struggling with addictions – alcohol, drugs, online gambling – as well as their partners
  • I have worked as a counsellor with ASCA (Addiction, Support and Care Agency) in Surbiton
  • I have counselled young adults struggling with anxiety.
  • I have worked as an in-house counsellor at alcohol/drug rehab service in Surrey.
  • I have knowledge and understanding of Twelve Step Fellowship programmes (eg AA)
  • I have experience of working with women who are questioning their sexuality, wondering if they are gay or lesbian, and what that might mean for their lives
  • I have extensive experience of supporting people with mental health issues – eg depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and dissociative disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder).

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Addiction to alcohol/drugs/online gambling

Anger management for men

Therapies offered


How much does counselling cost?

  • Daytime (8am to 6pm) - £40
  • Evenings (after 6pm) & weekends: £45
  • I accept payments in cash or card (all major debit & credit cards)
  • I am an approved practitioner with Vitality Health Insurance
  • I also offer concessionary rates for people on low incomes (please contact me to discuss your situation)

Further information

How do I book an appointment?
Email me or phone/text me on 07906 576167. Don't forget to leave your first name and a phone number, and check your Junk Mail for my email reply.  I know how frustrating it can be when you want help NOW but just get a voicemail message, but I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Maps & Directions

Chessington, KT9 2PJ
Surbiton, KT6

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes


Day, evening & weekends

Types of client

Young people
Older adults